Did you know that our body is consisted of 70% water? It’s an amazing fact which means that we need high amounts of water to stay hydrated and to be able to maintain our proper bodily functions. Blood is 83% water, the lungs are 90% water, while the brain is 76% water.
We need to drink plenty of water because we lose a lot of water every day through breathing, sweating and urinating. According to experts the average person needs to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day, even though we usually drink only 2 glasses a day. It’s recommended that men drink about 12 glasses of water a day, while women should drink 9 glasses on average. These are the optimal amounts to keep our body well-hydrated and avoid dehydration. If your body lacks water it can cause certain medical problems, manifested through different symptoms. Here are some of the most evdent signs your body needs more water:
- Dark urine
The first thing dehydration does is change the color of your urine, which is an important indicator of how well hydrated you are. When your body is well-hydrated, the color of your urine is clear or light, whereas dark yellow or amber-colored urine is a clear sign of dehydration.
It doesn’t necessarily means that you’re dehydrated if your urine is darker in color. It could be a result of certain medications, vitamin B, or if you’ve recently eaten beets, blackberries, asparagus and similar food. If the change in color is temporary it’s probably a result of something you’ve eaten but if it’s consisted you need to start drinking more water. If your urine is still dark after you’ve started drinking more water you should consult a doctor, it may be a sign of a more serious condition like hepatitis.
- Reduced urination
If you don’t have the need to urinate every few hours, your body may be experiencing dehydration. When you are getting enough water, you should be going to the toilet about 4-7 times a day. If, however, you don’t, the toxin levels in your body increase and may lead to serious consequences. If you don’t go so often to the toilet you need to increase your water intake immediately.
Water hydrates all cells and tissues in the body, which also applies to the digestive system. In fact, water keeps the gastro-intestinal tract supple and clean. Also, it stimulates regular your bowel movements and prevents constipation.
Constipation is a common symptom of dehydration leading to hardened stool due to excessive loss of fluid. Diarrhea and vomiting often lead to dehydration. This condition can even cause acid reflux and indigestion. In addition to drinking more water eat more fibers as well.
A 2003 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that proper hydration is the key to prevent constipation and maintain proper body function.
- Dry and wrinkled skin
Dry skin is another issue that dehydration triggers because it leads to lack of elasticity. Your skin is the largest organ, which need a lot of water to stay in good health.
Moreover, low water levels cause less sweating, thus preventing the body from effective elimination of excess dirt and oil built up on your skin. Dehydration also increases the risk of acne, eczema and psoriasis as water stimulates flushing toxins out from the body.
Make sure you maintain proper body hydration and good skin quality by drinking sufficient amounts of water.
- Brain fog or poor concentration
The human brain is almost 90% water, water deficiency in the brain can have a negative impact on your decision making skills, memory and mood.
Dehydration often manifests through symptoms of brain fog including forgetfulness and difficulty focusing, thinking and communicating.
According to a 2013 study published in Clinical Autonomic Research, dehydration is one of the most frequently reported causes of brain fog together with fatigue, sleep deficiency, and prolonged standing.
A different study of 2011, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, revealed that dehydration can also lead to mood swings.